Big Sam: Handle Andy with care
West Ham manager Sam Allardyce hopes England are ready to go easy with Andy Carroll ahead of his return from injury next month.
The 23-year-old impressed during his Hammers debut against Fulham on September 1 following a loan switch from Liverpool, but he was forced off in the second half with a hamstring problem which ruled him out for six weeks.
Carroll has now resumed light training and, if all goes well, the striker could be back for the visit of Arsenal on October 6, which would put him back in the contention for England's next World Cup double header against San Marino and Poland.
But Allardyce is hoping England don't rush Carroll back too early.
"It would be something that would need a conversation between me and Roy to say 'Andy is back, but please be careful if he goes to England," said Allardyce.
"I am not saying 'don't play him', just be careful of the situation where he has come from.
"The last thing we would want is to spend all that time to get Andy fit again, play for us, go to England and get injured playing for England.
"There would have to be a bit of a conversation between me and Roy and the [England] medical staff to put them in the picture where Andy would be because of his lack of first-team appearances is a major concern to us.
"If I was lucky enough to have him fit for Arsenal and he played, Andy wouldn't play all game. I wouldn't be daft enough to keep him on for the full 90 minutes.
"That would mean if he went to England I would express the wish that England be careful on how long they play him.
"What we don't want is to find ourselves with another soft tissue injury and fatigue brings soft tissue injuries.
"If we had a game the following week again it would probably be very unlikely we played him in the full game - and if we had a midweek game we would not play him at all.
"We would be very careful how managed Andy back into making sure he didn't get injured, but also made a contribution to the team, as we would with anybody.
"I can't tell Roy what to do - if he is fit to play for England it is up to them what they do.
"All I can express is my situation and Andy's situation for the benefit of us, for the benefit of Andy and for the benefit of England."